"It really does rain on your birthday every year, doesn't it?"
One of the downsides to being an April baby are the showers in the rhyme. The biggest upside is this though:
Diamond as your birthstone.
That was Mark's big present to me this year — a diamond and emerald necklace. (The babies' birthstone is emerald.)
Am I a lucky woman or what?
Despite the downpour yesterday, I had a pretty good time. Mark and I went to Ikea to buy a few things that we needed for the babies and their room. Truth be told, we didn't need all of it right away, but the time was right, our refund had come in, and, well, we had nothing better to do.
My plans of going to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to stroll among the cherry blossoms had been rained out and the prospect of sitting around the apartment all day was maddening.
So we made a list, packed up the kiddos and had a really good shopping experience. Ikea was deserted in a way that was almost eerie. I had to hunt someone down in order to get them to reserve the slipcover to the couch. We got practically everything we wanted — we couldn't find some stuff and gave up on it — and left without having the kids melt down.
Later that evening, our friend Steph came over and babysat for us and we went out to dinner for the first time since the babies came home from the NICU. We went to O'Keefe's, had some hot wings, cheese fries and our usual poisons. Then we strolled down to the Barnes and Noble on Court and picked up some books. I got a hardcover of the Silmarillion and the new issue of Knit Simple for myself and Mark got some sci fi books to alternate with the programming manuals he's been reading of late. Although we were only away for about 2 1/2 hours, I could really feel the absence of the babes and couldn't wait to go back home to them.
I mean, how could you stay away? Here are a couple of bonus shots:
Aden is gearing up to beat his sister to a milestone again...
Hunter is definitely my daughter. Can you tell why?
All in all, I'm a lucky woman. Good kids. Awesome husband. Challenging job. Great friends.
I know I've said it before, but... Life. Is. Good.
P.S. I'm currently toying with the idea of doing a "this week in knitting" review on Sundays. What say you?
[P.P.S. Photo/caption order changed by Mark for dramatic effect....]